Team Manitoba Wins 2018 Fred Usher Cup

(Team Manitoba Fred Usher Cup Winners being presented the cup by Archery Canada Board Member Aaron Bull from left to right – Robbie Comberbach, Austin Taylor & Brady Klassen)

August 9, 2018 – Truro, Nova Scotia

Team Manitoba Archers Austin Taylor, Brady Klassen and Robbie Comberbach made up the 2018 Fred Usher Cup team for Manitoba that finished 1st in the event earlier today at the 2018 Canadian Archery Championships. After a first round bye, the team went on to eliminate Alberta and Newfoundland before meeting Saskatchewan in the finals. Team Manitoba took top prize, the Fred Usher Cup for the third time in four years as they defeated Team Saskatchewan 220 – 179. Congratulations and thank you to all the Team Manitoba members and parents for supporting our archers as they brought home the cup again.





Team Manitoba hits podium at 2018 Canadian 3D Championship


(Shown above: Team Manitoba Shooter Curtis Braun after placing 3rd in the Compound Fixed Pin Senior Male Category)


August 9, 2018 – Truro, Nova Scotia

Manitoba had a strong contingent of 3D shooters attend the 2018 Canadian 3D Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia this past weekend. Team Members Cornelia Squirra, Curtis Braun, Francois Squirra, Miles Towle, Robert Foster, Stella Braun, & Taylor Laffin competed and medalled in a variety of categories. Joining Team Manitoba were Shooters, Leon Laffin, Alex & Patrick Perron, and Petra & Robin Squirra, as well Manitoba 3D Representative Russ Danielson and Archery Canada Board Member and Vice President 3D Programs Aaron Bull were in attendance. Following a fantastic event and great performances by our archers, the Manitoba specific results are as follows:

Alex Perron Compound Cadet Male 4th
Cornelia Squirra Longbow Senior Female 3rd
Curtis Braun Compound Fixed Pins Senior Male 3rd
Francois Squirra Longbow Senior Male 9th
Leon Laffin Compound Unlimited Male 26th
Miles Towle Longbow Senior Male 11th
Partick Perron Compound Unlimited Male 30th
Petra Squirra Longbow Senior Female 6th
Robin Squirra Traditonal Pre Cub Female 1st
Robert Foster Compound Unlimited Male 28th
Russ Danielson Compound Unlimited Male 18th
Stella Braun Compound Fixed Pins Senior Female 2nd
Taylor Laffin Compound Cadet Female 4th

For a full listing of the results, please visit: http://www.fca.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/tourneyresults/files/3d_championships_-_final_scores_aug_3-6_2018.pdf


32 crowned at 2018 Canadian Outdoor 3D Championships

Article from Archery Canada’s Website: 

OTTAWA (Archery Canada) – Thirty-two national titlists were crowned at the 2018 Canadian Outdoor 3D Archery Championships held from August 3-6 at Victoria Park in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Archery Canada Website: www.archerycanada.ca/en

Championship Website: Truro 2018

Complete Results: Results

“The event was very well attended by archers from coast to coast,” said Aaron Bull, Vice President 3D Programs at Archery Canada. The weather was a big factor during the first two rounds with significant storms drenching the competitors. The third day, the weather cooperated with the sun shining for the final round and Grand Prix shoot off.”

Of the 32 archers who reached the top of the podium in Truro, five successfully defended their national outdoor titles from 2017, including Monica Higgins(Compound Unlimited), Jessica Beaumont (Junior Compound), Joelle Thurow (Pre-Cub Compound) and Robin Squirra (Pre-Cub Traditional) on the women’s side, as well as Fred Streleoff (Instinctive) in men’s competition.

In men’s action, Christian Frenette (Master 50 Traditional) and Ty Thurow (Cadet Compound) also claimed gold for the second straight year, with their latest triumphs coming in different categories than in 2017. They had prevailed in Barebow and Cub Compound, respectively, last summer in Amos, Que.

For his part, Streleoff was one of four archers to capture a second 3D national title in 2018, adding to his win at the Canadian Indoor Championships held in late April in Sundre, Alta. The other athletes to accomplish the feat were Monty Vander Westhuizen (Men’s Longbow) and Heather Leduc (Women’s Barebow), as well as Angela Hay, who prevailed in the Women’s Compound Fixed Pin category after winning the Hunter competition at the indoor event.

Below is a complete list of 2018 outdoor 3D national champions.


Master 60 Compound: Sandie Plashka – Brazeau Bowbenders Archery Club (707 points)

Master 50 Compound: Ann Neumeyer – Lethbridge Bowbenders Archery Club (662)

Compound Unlimited: Monica Higgins – Taber Archers & Bowhunters (740)

Pre-Cub Traditional: Robin Squirra – Asessippi Archery Club (250)

Compound Fixed Pin: Angela Hay – Burnaby Archers (601)

Junior Compound: Jessica Beaumont – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (678)

Cadet Compound: Taylor Dutka – British Columbia (708)

Cub Compound: Hanna Kubas – St. Mary’s Archers of Truro (539)

Pre-Cub Compound: Joelle Thurow – Cariboo Archers Association (763)

Barebow: Heather Leduc – Thunder Creek Archery Club (680)

Longbow: Jessie Mobbs – British Columbia (519)

Instinctive: Trudy Dryden – Glades Traditional Archery Club (619)

Junior Instinctive: Lauren Quann – Archery Nova Scotia (411)

Hunter: Johanne Paradis – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (704)

Known 50: Christa Harpell – St. Mary’s Archers of Truro (672)


Master 50 Traditional: Christian Frenette – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (704 points)

Master 60 Compound: Daniel Archambault – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (784)

Master 50 Compound: Joe Sarrazin – Salmon Arm Archery Club (768)

Cub Traditional: Hunter Richards – Antigonish Archery Association (172)

Pre-Cub Traditional: Elijah van de Kieft – Archery Nova Scotia (201)

Compound Unlimited: Yves Couture – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (765)

Compound Fixed Pin: Glen Shaw – Burnaby Archers (705)

Junior Compound: Clay Laronde – Alberta Target Archers Association (695)

Cadet Compound: Ty Thurow – Cariboo Archers Association (778)

Cub Compound: Ryan Chamberlain – Bathurst Archery Club (780)

Pre-Cub Compound: Garrett Manning – Archery Nova Scotia (694)

Barebow: Tyler Moore – Thunder Creek Archery Club (675)

Longbow: Monty Vander Westhuizen – Medicine Hat SAAMIS Archers (607)

Instinctive: Fred Streleoff – Cariboo Archers Association (743)

Hunter: Karl Dubois – Fédération de tir à l’arc du Québec (759)

Known 50: Rick Marchand – Ontario Association of Archers (785)


Pee Wee: Riley Spicer – Archery Nova Scotia (751 points)



Men’s Compound – Tom Carr

Women’s Compound – Ann Neumeyer

Men’s Traditional – Fred Streleoff

Women’s Traditional – Caroline Laue

Men’s Green Stake – Ty Thurow

Women’s Green Stake – Denise Gauthier


Local Coach Trains 2018 Invictus Games Team

(ABAM Member/Coach and 2018 Team Canada Invictus Games Archery Coach David Dunwoody shown back row second from the left with team athletes)


Archery Team Canada Invictus Games Syndey 2018
By David Dunwoody
7 August 2018

On Wednesday, 25 July 2018, the members of Team Canada Invictus Games Sydney 2018 were revealed to the nation. 40 athletes were selected from over 700 applicants and I have the privilege of coaching the 13 members of the archery team. I am very proud to be part of the Invictus team and to help them prepare for the games hosted this year in Sydney, Australia, 20 to 27 October 2018. The official motto is “Game On Down Under.”

While many have heard of the Invictus Games not everyone knows what they are truly about. The Invictus Games is the idea of Prince Harry, also known as His Royal Highness, the Duke of Sussex. Prince Harry served in Afghanistan and saw firsthand the physical and mental impact that combat had on troops. Inspired by the Wounded Warrior games in the United States, he wanted to create a similar event that could embrace the healing power of sports. In 2014, he established the first Invictus Games in London, UK. In 2016, the games were hosted in Orlando, Florida and, as many of you know, Canada had the honour of hosting the games in 2017. This year, Sydney will host over 500 athletes from 18 nations to compete in 11 adaptive sports.

While the Invictus Games are about so much, they are not about winning medals. This may be one of the biggest misconceptions. Yes, there are gold, silver, and bronze medals. And yes, the athletes who win them are very proud of their accomplishment, and rightfully so. But what these games are about is captured in the very name. Invictus is Latin for “unconquered.” The athletes who compete are dealing with physical and mental injuries that have tried to tell them “no, you cannot.” Now they have the chance to show the world and, more importantly, themselves that they will not be conquered by them.

My involvement with the games began last year when I approached the Invictus Team Manager about volunteering my time to coach the archery team. My coaching has involved me working with the athletes in two training camps, the first in Esquimalt, BC (Special thanks to Al Wills, Helena Myllynieme, and the Vic Bowman Archery Club for their help) in April and the second in Halifax, NS in July. As well, I work with the team online to continue training and answer any questions they may have. It is a challenge because there is a large variety of skill levels, from people who have been shooting for years to those who picked up a bow for the first time in April.

In the games, there are three categories: Open Compound, Open Recurve, and Novice Recurve. Novice Recurve is for archers who started shooting on or after 1 October 2017. They shoot outdoors at 18 metres. The Open divisions shoot 40 cm targets and the Novice shoot 60 cm targets. The first day of competition is a 600 tournament. The next day is match play elimination rounds based on the ranking in the tournament. Not everyone will go on to the match play.

During each camp, I had four days with two hours each to coach. With such varying degrees of skills and ability, it is an exciting challenge. Beyond the experience is the unique challenge each athlete brings with their own physical and mental injuries. There are few athletes with physical injuries on the archery team itself. One archer was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after joining the Canadian Armed Forces and lost his sight. Despite this, he refused to accept defeat and signed up for archery among other sports. Thanks to the advice from Diane Minion who coaches a weekly blind archery class, this was an easy problem to solve. Many of the other archers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorders and other mental injuries. For me, it has been an incredibly humbling experience. I’ve heard from people describing panic attacks simply getting on the plane to come to training camp. I’ve had athletes who found the pace overwhelming stressful and frustrated and have needed to stop, step back and take time to recompose. For one, simple advice frustrated them too much to be able to continue. Despite it all, they returned, kept coming back, and refused to be conquered.
For many, standing on the shooting line among 50 competitors and crowds of thousands and getting through the day’s event is their victory. But this does not end at the Invictus Games. We hear the phrase “the healing power of sport” and here, it is real. The Invictus Games are an opportunity for the athletes to embrace a new sport and continue it after. When the games finish at the end of October, I will be talking with these athletes and encouraging them to keep shooting, join the Archery Canada Indoor Mail Match, and stay connected. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting former competitors from the Games at tournaments such as the Vegas Shoot and I look forward to shooting with this year’s athletes in the future.

This is has been an incredible honour for me. As an archer, this has been a chance to share my passion with these individuals. I have so greatly enjoyed the comradery and community of archery. As well, I find archery to be such a Zen sport. No matter how my day is going, shooting on the line gives me a chance to focus, calm my mind, and direct my thoughts at a small yellow circle. But for me, the greatest honour is to be there for my fellow servicewomen and service men. As a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Royal Canadian Air Force, this is the chance to be able to give back to my brothers and sisters in arms who have sacrificed so much in the name of duty, service, and Canada. I have met athletes who have lost limbs from bombs in Afghanistan and seen first-hand horrific experiences that no one should see. For others, the injuries suffered were not overseas but here in Canada. Through it all, they have never regretted putting on the uniform. What I see at the training is a bond that is so powerful between these athletes. I have served three tours in my career, twice to Afghanistan and once to Kuwait. It does not matter if they are still serving or are now veterans, discharged with honours, we are one.

The Invictus Games takes inspiration from many sources, one of which is the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley. It is the last two lines that capture the true spirit of the games:

I am the master of fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus Games 2018: https://www.invictusgames2018.org/

Team Canada: https://www.invictusgames2018.org/latest/2111/


Invictus, A Poem by William Ernest Henley: https://vimeo.com/279467705


Invictus Games 2018 Training Camp invictus-2018-archery-3

Invictus Games 2018 Training Camp


3D Team Announcement: 2018/2019 Provincial Team Named

July 31, 2018 – The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is pleased to announce the 2018/2019 Provincial 3D Team that will represent Manitoba at major events over the coming year, including the 2018 Canadian 3D Archery Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia (August 3 – 6)

This years team will be made up of Three (3) females and Five (5) males in varying age divisions from Cub (14 & Under) to Senior (21 & up).

Listed below are the 2018/2019 3D Team Athletes that will represent Manitoba:

Name Category Gender Division
Chay Satdnyk Cub Male Compound
Cornelia Squirra Senior Female Longbow
Curtis Braun Senior Male Compound Fixed Pin
Francois Squirra Senior Male Longbow
Miles Towle Senior Male Compound Unlimited
Robert Foster Senior Male Compound Unlimited
Stella Braun Senior Female Compound Fixed Pin
Taylor Laffin Cadet Female Compound


Of the athletes named to the team,  Cornelia Squirra, Curtis Braun, Francois Squirra, Miles Towle, Robert Foster, Stella Braun & Taylor Laffin will be travelling to Truro, NS. later this week to compete at the 2018 Canadian 3D Archery Championships.

Congratulations to all 2018/2019 members on making Team Manitoba and we wish you the best of luck competing at Nationals this coming weekend!


Keenan Brown named as Athlete Representative

June 27, 2018 – The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is happy to announce the naming of long time Provincial and National Team Member, Keenan Brown as the 2018/2019 Manitoba Provincial Target Team Athlete Representative. Keenan will be acting in the role for the second consecutive year, sitting as a member of the ABAM Athlete Development Committee.

25 year old Brown has been nominated by his peers to represent the team based on his leadership qualities, insight and experience as a National Champion, World Archery Medalist and Canada Winter Games Champion. The Athlete Development Committee is proud to have a long serving member of the team take this role and it looks forward to continuing to work with Keenan on the further development of our athletes.



TARGET TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: 2018/2019 Provincial Team Named

2018/2019 Team Members shown in photo above starting second from the left, top row – Simon Potrebka, Keenan Brown, Austin Taylor, Kyle Cherniak / Front Row from left to right: Robbie Comberbach, Nattasha Shpak, Brady Klassen, Bryanne Lameg, and Ryan Cherniak.)


July 23, 2018 – The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba is pleased to announce the 2018/2019 Provincial Target Team that will represent Manitoba at major events over the coming year, including the 2018 Canadian Archery Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia (August 9 – 12, 2018).

This years team will be made up of four (4) females and nine (9) males in varying age divisions from Cub (14 & Under) to Senior (21 & up).

Listed below are the 2018/2019 Target Team Athletes that will represent Manitoba:

Austin Taylor Male Junior Compound
Brady Klassen Male Cadet Compound
Brandon Petersen Male Senior Compound
Bryanne Lameg Female Junior Compound
Chyler Sanders Female Cub Compound
Hailee MacDonald Female Cub Recurve
Keenan Brown Male Senior Compound
Kyle Cherniak Male Cadet Compound
Nattasha Shpak Female Cub Compound
Robbie Comberbach Male Cadet Compound
Ryan Cherniak Male Cadet Compound
Simon Potrebka Male Junior Compound
Sloane Scrivener Male Cub Compound

Of the athletes named to the team, Austin Taylor, Brady Klassen, Bryanne Lameg, Chyler Sanders, Keenan Brown, Kyle Cherniak, Nattasha Shpak, Robbie Comberbach, Ryan Cherniak, Simon Potrebka and Sloane Scrivener will be travelling to Truro, NS. later this summer to compete at the 2018 Canadian Archery Championships.

The organization would like to highlight the addition of new team members Brandon Peterson, Chyler Sanders, Hailee MacDonald and Sloane Scrivener (shown below from left to right). Sanders, MacDonald, Scrivener, along with 2017/2018 Provincial Team Development Squad archer Nattasha Shpak took part in the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games Program, later competing and medalling in the individual and team events. We are extremely proud to see the development of these Manitoba Games Athletes qualifying for the Team Program for the first time and making the jump to the Elite Squad.


(Shown above from left to right – Brandon Petersen. Chyler Sanders, Hailee MacDonald & Sloane Scrivener)


2018 Manitoba Provincial Target Championships

On Saturday July 15th the Selkirk Archers & Bowhunters Club hosted the 2018 Manitoba Provincial Target Championships and Manitoba Open in East Selkirk, MB. The event hosted on a hot, windy day, included a 720 Round Event to determine the Provincial Champions, followed by the combined match play elimination event, the Manitoba Open.  Despite the heat and challenging wind conditions, the event drew 37 of the best target shooters in the Province to compete for the title of top Manitoban. The Archers & Bowhunters Association of Manitoba would like to thank Mike Fox, Darlene Cherniak and the rest of the Selkirk Archers & Bowhunters for hosting a top quality event. The organization would also like to thank the archers and supporting parents for their participation in the event, it was a pleasure to see such a diverse field made up of a variety of all ages, genders and disciplines. It is a true indication of all the hard work that clubs in Manitoba are doing to grow the sport of archery.

Thank you to all the volunteers and judges for their support of the event! We would like to specifically recognize our Treasurer Robert Tataryn for running the Manitoba Open and presenting the plaques, our President Vickie Oneschuk for leading the awards ceremony, our VP Coaches & Officials Mike Oneschuk for acting as head judge and member Kelly Scrivener for providing the event photography. Kelly’s photos of the day can be found at the link below:


Congratulations to all the Championship medalists and to the following winners of the Manitoba Open! (As seen below, with the exception of David Dunwoody)

  • Youth Recurve Division – Cleo Wermann-Thorn
  • Recurve Division – David Dunwoody
  • Youth Compound Division – Nattasha Shpak
  • Compound Division – Brady Klassen